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Volume 8, Issue 62

 August 20, 2013

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Regattas / Calendar

August

15-17 ILYA E/MC champs; Regis. 8/14  Housing options 
13-17 US Sailing Youth Champs - Corpus Christi
22-24 M17 Nats - Lake Geneva

 

September

6-8 E Nats - Lake Geneva

7-8 Max C Fall=-Maxinkuckee, IN 
7-8 MC Team Nat's-Clear Lake, IA
13-15 I-20 Nat'ls -Fond du Lac
14-15 Blue Chip--Okauchee, WI

      Fenton C Fall Lake Fenton, MI

21-22 C Challenge-Lake Beulah,WI
21-22 MC Blue Chip-Spring Lake, MI
28-29 Lotawana C-Missouri YC, MO
     Polar Bear--Lake Davenport, IA
 
October
5-6 C Worlds--Delavan, WI
  

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 Bowers and Christensen Take Titles

 

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For results, go to the Okoboji Yacht Club website.

 

Erik Bowers (M11) clinched the title with a first place last race start to finish. Team MEatballs consisting of Bowers, Mike Woldum and MacLean Potts took control of the regatta with a final 2-1-3-3-1. Bowers is campaigning in the Laser for the 2016 Olympics. Another Minnetonka sailor was making his move on the MC course. Mark Christensen has been crewing for years on A's but this year decided to begin skipping again. And . . . skip he did right up to first place.

 With impressive hardware, Mike Woldum, MacLean Potts, Erik Bowers, David Alexander (MC crew from Okoboji) and Mark Christensen pose after the awards ceremony.

E fleet

 

Erik Bowers informed the crowd of his blog which he posts each day while competing in his Laser. His winning approach to this regatta is also posted there.

2nd - Sam Rogers. Chrissy Hughes, Tony and Lynn Jewett and kids, kids, kids remind us of our generations building scow sailing. Both Rogers and Bowers asked to forego the awarding of the amateur Winkler Corinthian trophies. The third and fourth place sailors below were awarded the trophies as the highest ranking non-professional sailors.

 

3rd -  Vincent Porter, second from right, will chair the E Scow Nationals at Lake Geneva. His team consists of Coye Harrett, Clifford Porter, Molly Lucas (Russ' daughter) and RJ Hughes (Chrissy's son).

 

 4th - Russ Lucas traveled from NJ to win three races with the friendliest team of Russ, Mike Dutton, Colleen Kelly and Stu McNay. He was humbled, but amazed, by his winnings but perplexed how to fly home with three wooden boxes of what most would say is some of our favorite hardware. Russ will return for E Nationals. P.S - another NJ boat carried the trophies home for proud display.  

 5th - Tom Burton with son Charlie, Bruce Martinson and Karina Karlen sailed a most consistent regatta. A review of the scores shows the depth of this fleet with many past champions. Essentially one additional race win for the top five would have made each the champion.

 

1

M- 11

Erik Bowers

6

19

2

1

3

3

1

35

2

M- 42

Sam Rogers

11

2

4

5

5

7

2

36

3

I- 2

Vincent Porter

2

6

13

4

2

9

6

RDG

42

4

BH- 8

Russ Lucas

1

18

9

12

1

1

6

48

5

M- 9

Tom Burton

3

4

8

2

8

22

3

50

6

I- 9

Peter Strothman

4

12

1

10

7

4

13

51

7

I- 49

Brian Porter

7

9

11

3

11

8

8

57

8

V- 37

August Barkow

5

5

23

13

4

2

7

59

9

M- 3

Chris Jewett

16

7

6

21

16

6

5

77

10

M- 7

Jule Hannaford

19

1

15

7

14

25

10

91

  
 

MC Fleet 

 

The MC fleet saw a new leader each day which speaks to the level of competition in this fleet. Mark Christensen thanked local sailor David Alexander for his assistance. Many local X boaters jumped on board as the winds built. The weather prediction each day was light and variable; thankfully the weatherman was NEVER correct. Each morning the fleets arrived to wind at 9:00 which built. --- well, never is an exaggeration. Steve Schmidt had to sweat the last day when he was leading and the wind threatened to build. The A's had one race in the morning which was called back due to unfair winds. T Freytag wonders if he would still be there off to the left if Tom Hodgson had not called the race. The A's went back out two hours later to two nice races.

 

 2nd - Steve Everist, last year's winner, won the last day to move into second overall. He is shown here with crew Bridget Tursi. The last MC race does not have a trophy dedicated to the winner. The Everist family graciously offered to donate the race win trophy in memory of Steve's grandfather who started this clan sailing. Sister Lacey and brother Mike sailed in this event. And current grandfather was out in his beautiful vessel watching all the races. He is shown here with his clan.

 

 3rd - Jim and Deb Gluek, a perennial favorite, brought a new boat out to sail the event. The first portion Andy Burdick sold the new C. If you are contemplating a new boat, now is the time to commit. The fleets are healthy and the regattas well-attended. Sell your present boat to our youth who are joining our adult fleets right out of X boats. We had one young sailor who is still in X boats, Jack Behrend, come and give us a try in the MC fleet. Our young college sailors are returning each summer to join the scow ranks.

  

4th - Bill Colburn of Lake Harriet is shown here with his wife and crew Maureen and daughter Amelia. Bill has won this event and the Invitational more than anyone else this decade. His family (well, more accurately Amelia) has been adopted by the Clear Lake, IA gang.

 5th - Mark Tesar, Clear Lake, served as PRO for the C portion of the Inland Championships and then returned to sail the MC portion. Of interest is his wife who serves as crew for 20 years for fellow Clear Lake sailor, Stu Oltrogge. "She tries to beat me every race." 

1

M

1969

Mark Christensen

1

3

5

5

16

*

8

7

29

2

2096

Steve Everist

6

21

*

7

2

9

7

1

32

3

M

2597

Jim Gluek

11

*

2

11

3

6

2

9

33

4

2344

Bill Colburn

3

1

3

13

15

*

10

4

34

5

M

2178

Mark Tesar

17

12

4

19

*

2

1

2

38

6

M

2444

Dan Fink

20

*

4

2

7

8

4

14

39

7

2436

Michael Risewick

7

26

*

1

6

1

6

20

41

8

M

2340

Stuart Oltrogge

5

16

16

1

22

*

11

3

52

9

JR

2169

Drake Lundeen

23

*

11

6

16

4

13

5

55

10

2173

Lance Avery

2

14

21

*

18

18

5

6

63

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 Other awards

 The MC Masters Trophy was won by the winner of the Champs, Mark Christensen. Grandmasters was presented to Mendota sailor Stefan Schmidt. Drake Lundeen was the top junior.

Bill Wyman welcomed all to next year's Champs at Oshkosh where social will be king. We will all be there together for the opportunity to mingle like the old days with all the fleets together in the evening. Bring the children since there is loads to do in Oshkosh - a nearby zoo with train, the American Girls discount store, Paine Art Museum and THE WATERS!!

Pat Hughes was presented with a Kate Goes Sportsmanship Medal for his encouragement and gratitude expressed to RC on the water and land. He spoke eloquently about the Inland and who we are during the A Champs. Hughes returned home to Okoboji to celebrate his dad's 70th during the A portion of the Champs. He received his medal in absentia --- running up the pier at the call of his name. He missed hearing the accolades but they were well deserved in any event. Thanks, Pat, for your support of the ILYA. 

  

 Added thoughts

The editor is taking license after eleven days in Iowa with over 700 of my best friends. Each ILYA Champs takes on a feel of its own. I would be remiss in not capturing some of the most salient memories I will keep from this event.
  
Behind the scenes were two people who were continually there holding down the fort. Brad Farrar and Sheryl Jones are quiet forces who just assure all is in control. Add the team of Brad Jones and Tom Rierson who prepared the site for us and it becomes evident how much OYC respects and supports the Inlands. Thanks to commodore Phil Petersen and chairs Steve Avery (his fourth time at chair of an Inlands) and his co-chair Jacque Schwartz.
  
Each trophy presentation has its poignant moments - the humble appreciation of his accomplishments made Russ Lucas stand out this year. Or listening to Pat Hughes' voice crack as he saw his children, the Jewetts, Kotovics and all the others from Minnetonka who support the A program of the Melvin. "This is what the Inlands is all about" -- and he is so right!
  
Children everywhere - on the grounds, on the sailboats, on spectator boats. This bodes well for our future.
  
The open arms of the entire Okoboji Yacht Club who welcomed us, put up with us, prepared for us and shared the fun with us. Thanks is not a sufficient word but it is heartfelt.
  
To each and every sailor - you are a treasure to the Inland. Those who win leave us with respect for the effort; those who compete hard, you leave us with an appreciation of how special this sport is. Together we are the Inland. Each one of us shares in its traditions and its legacy we have built and are building for the future. "There is nothing like an Inlands" was spoken numerous times this past two week period. And THERE IS NOTHING LIKE AN INLANDS.  
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Editor: Candace Porter
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